How To Paint With Chalk Paint on Pumpkins

It’s August, now is the time to start thinking about fall crafts.  So today I’m sharing how to paint with chalk paint on pumpkins and add real stems.  

Every year I save the real stems from my pumpkins.  Between the chalk paint and the real stems these pumpkins look real.

Several bloggers are sharing pumpkin crafts as well.  Links and images to their blogs will be at the bottom of my post.  Please take the time to visit them.

As a rule, I use chalk paint for painting most projects. As an example, I used it on this piece and on numerous pieces HERE.

Chalking paint works well for pumpkins. I especially enjoy painting pumpkins for cost reasons. Because gourds/pumpkins can be quite pricey. I buy them for outside decorating. But for inside it gets expensive so adding chalk paint and real stems adds a realistic look.

The Best Time To Purchase Fake Pumpkins

For example, I find the best time to purchase fake pumpkins is summer when the shelves are getting stocked. Or, towards the end of the fall season. Because prices for fake pumpkins can be very inexpensive especially the larger size pumpkins.

Let’s begin shall we?

Items Needed

  • Fake pumpkins size of your choice
  • White, mint green and orange paint or any chalk paint of your choice
  • Chip Brush
  • White wax
  • Dark Brown wax
  • Paper plate
  • Paint stick for mixing
  • stencil brush and wax brush

Begin With Orange Paint

Project 1

Here is a pumpkin I purchased during the summer for $3 at Michael’s craft store. The shelves must have been recently stocked.

Fake pumpkin before painting
Pumpkin with fake stem removed

Step 1

For my first step, I paint my pumpkin using orange chalk paint I stumbled upon while at Michael’s Craft store. Remember, I am going for those faded orange gourds/pumpkins.

mixing orange paint with raw umber

Next, I added a bit of raw umber pure pigment craft paint and mixed the colors together. This gives me a deeper orange color to begin how to paint with chalk paint on my pumpkins. Painting a half at a time and drying in between is best. This gives me my base color.

painting the pumpkin with the orange paint
orange paint while wet

Mixing White With The Orange Paint

Step 2

For the next step, using the same orange paint mix in white craft paint. Add this mixture over the deep orange. This will add another layer to give your chalk painted pumpkin a more realistic look. After half the pumpkin is painted use a chip brush and stipple or pounce lightly. Doing this gives the chalk painted pumpkin adds a realistic look.

adding a coat of orange paint lightened with white craft paint

By the way, this is why I suggest chip brushes. For this craft, it’s best to use these brushes because they are .89 and will take a bit of abuse. Let your pumpkin dry and do the same to the other half.

stippling the light orange paint with a  chip brush to add texture to the pumpkin

When stippling, if the darker orange is visible, don’t worry. This is what adds to the the pumpkin having a real look.

Adding White Wax

Step 3

Here, using white wax and wax brush add the wax to the pumpkin. Add the white wax a bit at a time and work it into the paint well with your brush. After applying wax in sections very lightly wipe with a lint free rag. I say lightly because you want the white wax to stay adding to the real pumpkin look.

the pumpkin getting white wax added
after adding the first of the white wax
after the white wax is added and rubbed into the pumpkin

Adding A Real Stem To The Chalk Painted Pumpkin

Step 4

When adding real stems to painted pumpkins they make them look real. I save my real stems from my previous years pumpkins. Actually, I have quite the collection.

a dried real pumpkin stem getting ready

Sharing My Collection Of Real Pumpkin Stems

By the way, here’s my collection of stems. It’s well established as you can see and I add to it every year. Incidentally, these don’t have to be used just to make pumpkins look real.

As a rule, I store my real pumpkin stems in a brown bag in my basement because it’s cool and dark. I have saved many like this and it works well.

picture of my collection of dried rel pumpkin stems

These also make a nice addition to a dish on a table.  Adding dried orange slices is perfect for fall.  I share an easy tutorial HERE .

Heat Your Glue Gun To Add Stems to The Chalk Painted Pumpkins

Step 5

Meanwhile, heat your glue gun on the low setting. This is namely important, because these pumpkins are usually Styrofoam. In a word, high heat glue will make the pumpkin break down.

Lastly, glue your stem on top of your pumpkin. Because these are waxed I won’t use these outside. However, if you spray them with several coats of matte polyurethane they will work there as well.

Lastly, glue your stem on top of your pumpkin. Because these are waxed I won’t use these outside. However, if you spray them with several coats of matte polyurethane they will work there as well.

adding hot glue to the pumpkin for the stem

SEE THE VIDEO HERE

How To Dry Brush Chalk Paint to Make Pumpkins Look Real

Step 6

Later I had bought this green pumpkin at Jo Ann for a great price. For the most part, shopping early or at the end of the season is best.

getting ready to dry brush a green pumpkin

Also, these painting techniques I’m sharing are easy and don’t take long so it’s worth the work.

Back to how to paint with chalk paint on pumpkins. With this green pumpkin it’s extremely easy. This time because the base is dark green, I am going to use Folk Art mint green chalk paint. Using a chip brush again, dip the tip of your brush into the paint.

showing the mint chalk paint

Next, using a paper plate, paper towel or a rag, dab the excess paint off. Here, you want your brush fairly dry. This is important when dry brushing.

Dry brushing paint to make pumpkins look real is hard on brushes so again use chip brushes.

Dry brushing paint to make pumpkins look real is hard on brushes so again use chip brushes.

dry brushing the green pumpkin with mint chalk paint

So next, begin to apply chalk paint to the pumpkin. Dry brushing with paint will give this green pumpkin the real look of an Heirloom green gourd. This is a fast process. Again, add another real stem.

Painting Small Fake White Pumpkins

Lastly, I’m sharing how to paint with chalk paint on these small white pumpkins I bought HERE.  For these chalk painted pumpkins I dry brushed them with ASCP Old White chalk paint.  White craft will also work for these.  

fake white pumpkin next to old white chalk paint

Lastly, I’m sharing how to paint with chalk paint on these small white pumpkins I bought HERE.  For these chalk painted pumpkins I dry brushed them with ASCP Old White chalk paint.  White craft will also work for these.  

Adding a bit of dark wax randomly makes them look real.  I also added real stems to these chalk painted pumpkins.

Decorating The Table

Meanwhile, adding these to our dining room table with an assortment of walnuts, pinecones, tea lights in bark candleholders looks pretty.

Adding a bit of dark wax randomly makes them look real.  I also added real stems to these chalk painted pumpkins.

dry brushing the small white pumpkin with white chalk paint
adding dark wax to the white pumpkin

Decorating The Table

Meanwhile, adding these to our dining room table with an assortment of walnuts, pinecones, tea lights in bark candleholders looks pretty.

closeup of painted orange pumpkin and walnuts, pinecones and tea light candles
a picture of several  painted pumpkins on the table.  Walnuts, pinecones, tea light candles in wood bark holders
an angled shot of the chalk painted pumpkins with candles, walnuts and pinecones
a center shot of the chalk painted pumpkins walnuts, pinecones, tea lights

I hope you enjoyed learning how to paint with chalk paint on pumpkins. I’d love to read if you have ever painted pumpkins.

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